Posters

25 June 2010

On target

On target

the events department

Looking forward to a Roman Cieślewicz retrospective at the RCA
‘Roman Cieślewicz’, at London’s Royal College of Art from 16 July–7 August, features more than 150 items by the Polish poster legend. Vertigo (top) dates from 1963, the year Cieślewicz (1930-96) moved to Paris.

23 June 2010

‘We want fresh bread.’

‘We want fresh bread.’

john l. walters, the awards department

Prizes for Yasuda, Schraivogel, Windlin, etc. at Brno Biennial 2010
Earlier this week I experienced the pleasures and pains of sitting on the international jury of the Brno Biennial 2010, writes John L. Walters. The fun came from looking at lots of interesting international work (nothing from the UK) in the pleasant company of fellow jurors Alan Záruba, Igor Stanisljevic, Koichi Sato, Scott Santoro, Lizá Ramalho of R2, Karel Martens and Petr Babák.

13 June 2010

Stop, look, listen

Stop, look, listen

john ridpath, the events department

A preview of Black Dog’s latest exhibition: ‘Modern British Posters’
A new exhibition showcasing the best of British poster design opens at Black Dog Space tomorrow. The show coincides with the launch of Paul Rennie’s Modern British Posters: Art, Design & Communication (Black Dog Publishing).

10 June 2010

Civil rights in New York

Civil rights in New York

frederico duarte, the events department

Two current exhibitions with images that ‘steered a drive for freedom’
I learned about two exhibitions on the civil rights movement currently showing in New York through Holland Cotter’s review in the New York Times, writes Frederico Duarte.

9 June 2010

The friendly side of graphic art

The friendly side of graphic art

Outline asks illustrators and designers to share their views of London
Currently occupying a pop-up gallery in the UK capital until early July, Outline Editions presents ‘001 London: ‘the big city through the eyes of Britain’s leading graphic artists’.

19 May 2010

Graphics and the uncanny

Graphics and the uncanny

john ridpath, the events department

Rick Poynor revisits the surreal for a show at the Brno Biennial 2010
‘Let us not mince words: the marvellous is always beautiful, anything marvellous is beautiful, in fact only the marvellous is beautiful’ (André Breton, Surrealist Manifesto). At this year’s Brno Biennial, Rick Poynor will be guest curating an exhibition of beautiful, marvellous artwork entitled ‘The Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design’.

5 May 2010

Diagrams of delight

Diagrams of delight

An exhibition by Seoul’s Zero Per Zero at Kemistry Gallery
Zero Per Zero’s first UK exhibition opened last week at Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch, writes Sara Martin. The highlights are their re-interpreted transport maps for cities such as Tokyo, New York and their home town of Seoul, South Korea.

27 April 2010

Schweizer Reize

Schweizer Reize

Swiss travel books and posters at the National Library in Bern
An exhibition of historic Swiss travel books and posters at the Swiss National Library in Bern reminds viewers that tourism in the region is ‘old as the hills’ – and so is the printed matter that it generates, writes Jane Cheng.

23 April 2010

West End girls and boys

West End girls and boys

‘Pick Me Up’ puts graphic art and illustration on the London gallery map
‘The west shall shake the east awake … while ye have the night for morn …’ Marshall McLuhan was fond of quoting this poetic nugget from James Joyce’s puntastic Finnegans Wake.

16 April 2010

Cool for (copy) cats?

Cool for (copy) cats?

sally jeffery

Similarities: from plagiarisation and rip-offs … to homage and inspiration
This seemingly effortless poster by Abram Games, along with its ham-fisted imitator, is one of a riveting set of graphic design images assembled by Bob Caruthers, writes Sally Jeffery.
 
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